Showing posts with label george martin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label george martin. Show all posts

Sunday, April 29, 2012

George Martin pinpoints "the worst thing music has ever faced"

Music has faced some terrible things in its time.

The second act of Peter Andre's career.

Paul Weller chumming up with Noel Gallagher.

The invention of the banjo.

But now, according to George Martin, it is facing its biggest challenge yet.

Er, the takeover of EMI:

Sir George has claimed the deals will hand both Sony and Universal a “virtual monopoly”.

“I am saddened that great companies have been swallowed up by the giants, and the domination of the recording and music publishing industry by Sony and Universal can only lead to a virtual monopoly in the European market. Is this what the people want?” he asked. “I always thought that democracy ensured a level playing field for our music industry, but I am wrong.”
Given that the majors act as a cartel anyway, and that there's precious little difference between having three clown cars drive over your foot, compared with having four, it's hard to see what difference it makes.

If Martin had piped up years ago - earlier on in the consolidation process - maybe he'd be a voice worth listening to; perhaps when Sony swallowed BMG, or more usefully when Polygram and MCA became one.

If Martin really wanted to "democracy" to save EMI, perhaps he should have been a little less quiet as the music industry started to be dominated by global conglomerates whose power and reach tended to go beyond or around that of nation states.

Or he could have suggested that the IFPI and RIAA appeared to be little more than a large company's club which forced the music industry to be run for their convenience rather than the good of the artists or the music fan.

But it looks almost as if Martin's worry is that democracy is taking away EMI, rather than any genuine concerns about plurality in the record business.

But it couldn't be that, could it?

[Tahnks to Michael M]


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"Of course, if the doctors did use any drugs they never did so in front of me..."

George Martin has had some minor surgery and is recovering well, says his manager.

Rumours that Martin was having his voicebox remastered and his eyeballs rescanned in hi-res could not be confirmed at this time.


Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sorry, Pete

The terrible treatment of Australia's indigenous people. Slavery. Apologising for historical wrongs is quite the thing at the moment.

George Martin has just donned the sackcloth, issuing a sort-of apology to Pete Best for his part in Best getting shown the door from The Beatles:

It was Sir George who, just before the band became big, decided to replace the drums on Love Me Do with those of a session musician. “I felt guilty,” he tells a Beatles fansite. “Maybe I was the catalyst that had changed his life.”

'The catalyst that changed his life' is quite a jolly way of putting 'the person responsible for him languishing in obscurity while his replacement became one of the richest, most famous men on the planet.'

Still, Pete had the last laugh - he's still in The Beatles, albeit Pete Best's Beatles, while Ringo Starr is a struggling solo artist.